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Hawaii, Japanese dignitaries gather for Ehime Maru memorial

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Dignitaries from Hawaii and Japan gathered at the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park on Thursday to remember the nine Japanese citizens who lost their lives when a U.S. submarine collided with the Ehime Maru.

Four of the victims of the 2001 collision were students.

The Governor of Japan's Ehime Prefecture, Tokihiro Nakamura, and Governor David Ige gathered around 1 p.m. to lay wreaths at the memorial.

"We will never forget the tragic incident that destroyed the Ehime Maru, taking the lives of 9 innocent individuals," Ige later wrote.

Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa, Japan Diet members, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other Ehime officials also attended. 

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